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Funding Scotland

Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Amplifying our collective voice on Fair Funding

It has added greater support and legitimacy to not just the package of policy asks itself, but to the,fact that the urgent need for Fair Funding is a view shared across the voluntary sector.,We’re collating and updating a whole host of useful facts and stats, from the Scottish Third Sector Tracker,They are, instead, the culmination of years of engagement, evidence collecting, and policy development,directly involving the length and breadth of the voluntary sector in Scotland.

SCVO Research

The SCVO research team conducts and collates research about the voluntary sector in Scotland.,We explore the sector’s make-up, reach, and the issues that impact our sector.,Read more Facts & figures about the sector All the key stats on the size and shape of the Scottish voluntary,sector, from numbers of organisations to workforce data.,I'm the key contact for the Sector stats.


There are around 138,000 paid staff in the third sector in Scotland.

SCVO Sector Stats 2022 - key figures

Summary of key 2022 Scottish voluntary sector stats.,These figures summarise the data published in the SCVO data hub:

State of the Sector 2020: Scottish voluntary sector statistics

FOR THE 2022 SECTOR STATS SEE Data resource covering the latest,stats about Scottish charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups.,Key report areas include: - Number of organisations - Organisations by sub-sector activity area - Interactive

SCVO Scottish voluntary sector statistics: methodology

This paper outlines the methodology and data sources used to produce SCVO voluntary sector statistics,, as seen in the SCVO data hub:

Press coverage tips for charities

fundingCertain topics – such as animal welfare – can invoke strong opinions and emotions, if your stance or policy,worth checking with the editors responsibleThird Force News (TFN) run regular op-eds from voluntary sector,possible – the journalist will follow up if necessaryMake it easy for editors to pick out key points like stats

SCVO Research Briefing: State of the Sector, pre-Coronavirus (June 2020)

This briefing gives an overview of the financial profile of the regulated Scottish voluntary sector in,2018, giving us a baseline for understanding sector funding and assets pre- and post-Coronavirus.,data in this briefing (and more) can be explored in detail via our searchable data hub:,/sector-stats.,Scottish voluntary sector in 2018: key facts Annual income = £6.06 billion Public Sector income = £2.1

Overturn blanket no pets bans in the rented sector urge campaigners

Policy is outdated and unfair

Charity demonstrates impact of data science

The Data Lab has helped Circle measure the effectiveness of its family support sessions.

Get involved

Collaborate with us and our members to develop and promote voluntary sector policy perspectives for Scotland